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Call for Award Nominations: “Bringing Safety Home” Two Residential Fire Sprinkler Advocacy Groups Partner with IAFC to Recognize Local Efforts

The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative have teamed up with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to recognize a fire chief for their outstanding local efforts to increase the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems.

The “Bringing Safety Home” award will recognize a fire chief who uses HFSC’s educational materials and NFPA’s resources as a key part of a program to educate and ensure that decision-makers have information to upgrade or pass new residential fire sprinkler legislation at the local level.

The award will be presented by IAFC’s Fire and Life Safety Section at the 2011 Fire Rescue International in Atlanta. Last year, Chief Timothy Solobay of Cannonsburg (PA) Volunteer Fire Department was the first recipient of the “Bringing Safety Home” award. He was recognized for the role he played to educate decision-makers in his area and state. As a state representative, Solbay’s efforts contributed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code requiring fire sprinkler systems in all townhomes and new one- and two-family homes.

For 15 years, HFSC has developed and provided the fire service with non-commercial, turnkey educational materials designed to provide consumers, homebuilders, the media and others with the facts about the life-saving value of installing fire sprinkler systems in new homes. HFSC’s mission is solely educational and its materials are available to all, at no cost.

The Fire Sprinkler Initiative is a grassroots effort of the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Initiative strives to ensure that decision-makers have the technical and practical information they need to understand and communicate the importance of home fire sprinkler legislation. The Initiative also supports individuals, agencies and organizations working for the adoption of local sprinkler ordinances and model codes.

Applications are due July 29, 2011. IAFC Members may submit their nomination online at

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